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Session 34

How to prepare our hearts for worship

Read: Exodus 40

In Exodus 40, God takes 34 verses to tell Moses how to prepare the tabernacle for worship. And Moses follows God’s instructions exactly. But what about us? Thousands of years after Moses and the tabernacle, worship remains a command, not a suggestion. So how do we prepare our hearts for worship?

Here are five ways we can prepare for worship:

  1. Pray that God will open our hearts to hear Him.
  2. Perceive what Jesus has done for us through His sacrifice on the cross.
  3. Praise Jesus for our salvation and for the freedom to worship when and where we choose.
  4. Present our tithes and offerings in response to God’s grace on our lives.
  5. Prepare to share what we have learned with the world, teaching others to follow Jesus step by step.

When Moses’ work was done, a cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle (Exodus 40:34). Israel had never experienced the presence of God like this before. When we prepare our hearts for worship, the same happens for us.

When we prepare our hearts for worship, the glory of the Lord doesn’t just fill the church. It fills our hearts as well.

Reflect:

  • It is often hard to concentrate on God when the world and its cares try to take first place in our hearts. What gets in the way of your ability to focus on God and hear what He says?
  • What can you do to prepare your heart for worship?
  • What times stand out in your mind as “best worship” experiences?

1

What if the right thing costs you everything?

What if the right thing costs you everything?

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2

Are you in need of rescue?

Are you in need of rescue?

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3

Help is on the way

Help is on the way

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4

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

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5

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

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6

Will you let God set you free?

Will you let God set you free?

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7

Great success often starts with failure

Great success often starts with failure

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8

How to break a cycle of regret

How to break a cycle of regret

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9

What is your purpose in life?

What is your purpose in life?

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10

When you can’t see clearly

When you can’t see clearly

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11

We are all enslaved to something

We are all enslaved to something

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12

Freedom comes from following instructions

Freedom comes from following instructions

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13

How remembering the past shapes the present

How remembering the past shapes the present

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14

How to win the war

How to win the war

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15

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

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16

God’s presence is greater than His presents

God’s presence is greater than His presents

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17

God is our banner

God is our banner

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18

The gift we never knew we needed

The gift we never knew we needed

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19

The one person who never breaks a promise

The one person who never breaks a promise

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20

A new way to think about God’s commands

A new way to think about God’s commands

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21

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

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22

What if you are the thief?

What if you are the thief?

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23

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

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24

The key to effectiveness in the church

The key to effectiveness in the church

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25

Why you should give God your best

Why you should give God your best

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26

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

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27

What it means to be set apart

What it means to be set apart

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28

You were made to make a difference

You were made to make a difference

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29

Is impatience getting the better of you?

Is impatience getting the better of you?

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30

You’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got a friend in me

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31

You can come to God after a mistake

You can come to God after a mistake

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32

What happens when everyone gives what God says

What happens when everyone gives what God says

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33

How to do more than you ever thought possible

How to do more than you ever thought possible

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How to prepare our hearts for worship

How to prepare our hearts for worship

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